No matter how hard we try to avoid it, our houses occasionally have a bit of a funky smell to them that we can't kick. Our usual option is to light a candle or spray air fresheners. Neither of these are good fixes because candles never last and air fresheners do not smell natural at all, they smell like you are trying to cover something up. Here's seven ways to have your house smelling naturally amazing again!
1. Use your stove
Boiling certain ingredients on your stove is the perfect way for a quick good smell throughout your home. This is perfect if you have company coming over and you need a quick fix. You can use pretty much anything in your cupboards for this. For example, put apple slices and cinnamon, in a pot of water and let it boil for 5-10 minutes. The scent will fill your house and smell like you just baked an apple pie. Like I said, this can be done with any ingredients so it is an easy and quick fix.
Certain houseplants are known to clean the air, and they may help to control odors in the house as well. These plants include, Snake plants, English ivy, Lady palms, and Dracaena. With this fix, you do have to purchase the plants, but once you have them it's a semi-permanent fix, and is also a decoration piece.
3. Dryer sheets
Take your dryer sheets outside of the laundry room and discreetly place them in areas of your house that tend to smell. They will absorb the bad odor and release a fresh smell. These aren't the nicest decor to have laying around so ensure you place them so company can't see them.
4. Remove odor source
Even if there isn't anything obvious that could be smelling up the house, clean things that could be carrying a lingering smell. This could include nearby dirty laundry, or the garbage bin.
5. Clean drains
Drains can be the source of the funky smell you're smelling. This is because they are the perfect home for mold and mildew to grow. Cleaning your drain is very easy and can be done by pouring one cup of baking soda then two cups of vinegar. Let the mixture foam and bubble for about 30 minutes. When the baking soda and vinegar mixture has had time to bubble its way through the drain, rinse the drain with a kettle-full of boiling hot water.
6. Use a fan
This works best if the windows are open, so this tip might only work if the weather is bearable outside. Fans are great for boosting the refreshing power of clean air. When you have the windows open, turn on ceiling and standing fans in the house to help create air flow in your house and get the air moving.
7. Baking soda and vinegar
These are both great deodorizers, and also very cheap. To absorb smells around the house, pour some baking soda and vinegar into a couple of small separate dishes and distribute them around the house. You might want to keep the vinegar dishes in rooms that are not in the open, as it might end up smelling slightly like vinegar. Put the vinegar in basements and bathrooms.
With these tips your house will be smelling fresh once again!